World defense briefing

Deepwater budget gets flexibility not funds

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is to be allowed to shift funding in its federal accounts to hire additional staff to manage the USD24 billion Integrated Deepwater System contract, according to a source in the US Congress. However, that budget flexibility does not mean additional dollars for the beleaguered programme, which faces significant staffing and systems challenges

US Aegis BMD destroyer makes first warhead intercept
A separating ballistic missile ‘warhead’ has been intercepted outside the Earth’s atmosphere by a US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer launching an SM-3 Block IA missile. The successful engagement by USS Decatur on 22 June is a first for a destroyer equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis BMD (Ballistic Missile Defence) combat system

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to cover purchase of P-3 Orions
The Republic of China (Taiwan) legislature has approved a 24.8 per cent rise in military spending to cover part of a long-delayed procurement package that includes P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. Defence spending will increase to TWD295.8 billion (USD8.9 billion), with the defence allocation rising to 18 per cent of the national budget from 16 per cent last year
Commander Jens Walther: Head of the Royal Danish Navy’s MULTEX Training Range
Initially a lookout station during the First World War and a German coastal battery in the Second World War, Denmark’s -Naval Weapons School (NWS) was established in March 1953 and stretches 10 n miles into the southern Kattegat. Its major asset is a battery line equipped with SeaSparrow and Harpoon launchers, an Oto Melara 76 mm gun and 76 mm -Super Rapid gun, a Stinger launch pad, a decoy launch system and a machine gun firing range

China’s naval ambitions: Congressional report details major warship programmes

A report prepared for the US Congress by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has detailed the continued modern?isation of China’s armed forces, asser?ting that the Beijing government “is pursuing long-term, comprehensive transformation of its military forces to improve its capabilities for power projection, anti-access and area denial”. The annual unclassified document, entitled ‘Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2007’, was released on 25 May
Navies endeavour to police the Mediterranean Sea
Criss-crossed by busy shipping lanes and kissing the shores of 21 culturally diverse littoral nations, the Mediterranean Sea’s 2.5 million km2 of water have become a crucial proving ground for NATO-led security initiatives. Members of the 26-nation alliance, along with its Mediterranean Dialogue and Partnership for Peace (PfP) affiliates, contribute political support as well as assets and int­elligence to Operation ‘Active Endeavour’ (OAE), which was set up by NATO as a direct response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in September 2001
Boarding party: pursuing pirates to the world’s end
When the Danish-flagged general cargo vessel MV Danica White steamed out of Dubai en route to Mombassa, it’s a fairly safe bet that the-International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB’s) statistics on global piracy were not the main topic of conversation among the ship’s five-strong crew. In its most recent security alert, the-organisation advised all civilian traffic not making port-calls in Somalia to steer well clear of the troubled country’s coastline – ideally at least 200 n miles away

Fulton report spares blame but pinpoints multiple failures
A report into the seizure of 15 Royal Navy (RN) sailors and marines by Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGN) forces in the Northern Arabian Gulf (NAG) has identified a series of shortfalls in training, intelligence and communications as contributory factors in their abduction. It also suggests that the command misjudged the risks inherent in operating in such a complex environment
Clean sweep for Navantia in Australian warship deals
Australia has selected Spanish designs for its new generation of air warfare destroyers (AWDs) and landing helicopter docks (LHDs) in a unique double worth AUD11 billion (USD9 billion). The cabinet’s National Security Committee chose Navantia’s in-service 5,900-ton F100-class frigate against a scaled version of the US Navy’s Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer offered by US company Gibbs and Cox
Dutch alliance attempts to preserve submarine industrial base
Dutch companies and institutes with expertise in developing and building submarines and associated systems have formed an alliance in an effort to preserve the country’s submarine industrial base. In an early initiative, the Dutch Underwater Knowledge Centre (DUKC)  – which includes Imtech Marine and Offshore, Thales Netherlands, TNO Defence Security and Safety, MARIN, Nevesbu and Bosch Rexroth Hydraudyne – is casting its eyes on a service-life extension programme for the Walrus-class submarines

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